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#1 Rob Thomson

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:01 AM

Hello,

I recently bought a Mac Pro but I want to be able to edit and render video files faster than how I'm able to at the moment.

What would be the best solution? More RAM or some kind of external firewire 800 hard-drive to keep the files I'm editing on? Or something else?
I've currently just editing on the Mac's hardd rive and haven't added any extra ram or anything.

I'm new to all this so if you know what would help best, I'd greatly appreciate your advice.

Thanks,
Rob.
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#2 Daniel Smith

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:06 PM

SSD hard drives are great for speed, but they are very expensive for the disk space they offer.

Personally I would buy an SSD hard drive as my scratch disk, and use the SATA hard drive for storage.

More RAM helps, I can edit quite comfortably using 6GB, but 8 is recommended. The speed of the RAM is also something to consider.
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